Everyone of us has a favourite book and no-one else might agree and that is perfectly fine.
For pure perception on growing up, Stephen King’s ‘It’ was the only book I have read as an adult and it reminded me of being a child with a child’s logic. If memory serves me right, the book is around 1300 pages. All those words are a story around one simple idea:
‘For every adult who thinks up the legend of the vampire, there is a child who imagines the stake that can kill the vampire.’
It was a brilliant book which made you remember the times you would throw dice or throw a crumpled up piece of paper into a bin and if the dice was over four or you made the bin, you would get what you wanted. It also hit on friendships and how strong those feelings were when you found your first few close friends. It was a brilliant story. (The film with the late great John Ritter and the legend that is Tim Curry was alright, but you needed to have read the book to fill in the blanks.)
Now the reason I have brought this up is because I have just read my local paper. It has stated that the ‘American Killer Clown giving you a fright’ craze, is here in Ayr. Seemingly some weans were feart to go to school. (Well that is as good an excuse as any!) I honestly don’t think it was two Killer Clowns, I reckon it was just two charity shop clothed jellified junkies oot their tits.
I read somewhere that the reason a male has nipples is because they form before the reproductive organ. I suppose that sounds feasible. But I preferred the notion that male nipples were there so the guy knew when their tie was centred. (Not that the junkies were wearing ties. Apart from the nipple aspect, I don’t know why I even mentioned this!)
Sorry, I got a wee bit side-tracked!!
I have to admit, I like Killer Clowns. I don’t think they are as scary as normal clowns, especially those guys who do kiddie’s parties. All this offering you sweets and wanting to show you puppies and such like isn’t normal. Give me a colourful psycho any day!
My mum used to collect clowns and she had them in her bedroom. I enjoyed my dad’s discomfort when I asked him how he liked it that my mother surrounded herself with clowns in the bedroom?
Oh and my last love affair with clowns is ‘The Clown Song’ by DJ Rankin. This could’ve been theme music for those kids party weirdos!
Onto this weeks stories. Another three new writers to add to our ever growing family. The topics covered include, friendship, the 1970s, film making, a twisting horror and some ‘people-watching’. As always our initial comments follow.
Our first new writer of the week was Carol Jones. Her short story ‘You See, I’ve Been Thru The Desert‘ was published on Monday. As with all our new folks, we welcome Carol and hope that she has more for us to read.
‘The Vietnam Vet. was a very interesting character.’
‘This took you along with the story and was well done.’
‘I was very happy to read this all the way through.’
On Tuesday we had our second débutante, Sergei Walnisty with his story, ‘Counting The Feathers Of Life‘. More welcomes and requests for more of Sergei’s work.
‘Weird, but I liked it!’
‘I was hooked until the end.’
‘I like the fact that it is unconventional in its approach.’
There is no introduction needed for our author on Wednesday. The brilliant Mr Fred Foote is on a horror roll and his story, ‘The Newspaper‘ was next up.
‘He has taken familiar scenarios, turned them around and added a bit of Fred Pizazz!’
‘This is the quickest 2208 words I have ever read, this superb story went in in a blink of an eye.’
‘To take something so familiar and twist it has he has done is just excellent.’
Thursday normally follows Wednesday and this week was no exception. We have another new writer to introduce. Matthew Richardson is a writer who works very hard at his craft and it is a pleasure to showcase his story, ‘A Life On Track.‘ Again we hope to have more of Matthew’s work very soon.
‘Some great turn of phrases, the ‘Crumbs’ and ‘How to introduce myself’ lines in particular.’
‘A brilliant piece of characterisation.’
‘So poignant. It set the scene for the desperation and totally illogical choices.’
Now the end of the week is normally special to most folks and we have a special contributor. The wonderful, unique and lovely Leila Allison was published on Friday with ‘Time And Chance Happeneth To All Gods.’
‘The understated love that all these characters have for each other is a joy to read.’
‘Another lovely story.’
‘No-one should miss these stories.’
That’s us for another week.
I’m going to be busy this week as I’ll re-read ‘It’ whilst listening to DJ Rankin’s ‘Clown Song’…
Ladies and gentleman
Tonight your DJ is a clown
…Clap your hands!!
(I can’t mention where the balloons go!!!)
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